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SETI@home killed off

Placed in sarcophagus rises again
Wed Nov 23 2005, 07:18
DISTRIBUTED computing experiment SETI@home will be switched off on December 15 as it becomes part of the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC).

BOINC has been developed at UC Berkeley as a framework for volunteer computing projects like SETI@home.

According to a press release, those who are currently using SETI@home are being asked to visit here for instructions.

The workunit totals of users and teams will be frozen at that point, and the final totals will be available on the web.

The BOINC site will allow boffins to build other volunteer computing projects in areas like molecular biology, high-energy physics, and climate change study.

A spokesSeti said that those who want to keep looking for aliens can do so, but they will also be able to donate computer time studying climate change or other BOINC projects. µ


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